Sports Illustrated: Jalen Pickett, Siena, in prospect for the NBA

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According to the illustration Sports Illustrated, Jalen Pickett, the rookie leader of Siena, will have only 15 matches in a university career.

Jeremy Woo, of the national magazine, has ranked the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Pickett among the "Five Mid-Major NBA Pre-Projects to Watch" in an article published online.

The mid-major level includes schools that are not part of the Division I elite conferences of the country.

"Pickett is silently among one of the most impressive seasons of any beginner, at least statistically, and has placed himself on the long-term radar of the NBA with a combination of position size and ability to game, "writes Woo.

Pickett and Siena (5-10) play at the Marists tonight at 7pm.

Pickett is fifth in the country with 7.3 assists per game. He leads the MAAC in this category and the ratio of assistance to turnover at 2.97.

Pickett is eighth in the conference scoring at 15.1 points per game, second in flying at 1.9 per game and tied for sixth place with 32 3 points.

He has already won four times the rookie of the week MAAC, tied by a player from Siena since Edwin Ubiles did it five times in 2006-07. Ubiles became the first saint to play in a regular season game of the NBA.

Woo's story does not quote specific scouts from the NBA, but mentions only five players who "quietly attract NBA interest and deserve to be watched."

Pickett, from Rochester, was the first rookie to sign with new Siena head coach Jamion Christian in May. Pickett did not attract much interest in Division I at SPIRE Institute, a preparatory school in Geneva, Ohio.

In addition to Pickett, Woo lists Neemias Queta, Utah State rookie, Yoeli Childs, Brigham Young junior / center forward, Wisconsin-Green Bay senior / forward guard Sandy Cohen III, and St. John's junior guard. Mary's, Jordan Ford.